Though the news of Santorum’s apparent surge is sure to stun casual observers of Iowa, Santorum himself has been predicting his moment will come for months. He all but moved to Iowaover the summer and set about visiting every one of the state’s 99 counties. As recounted at one stophere, Santorum tread lightly on the trail, declining to correct a voter who called Obama a “Muslim Communist” to Santorum’s face.
See, this is why months of speculation are total crap. Plus this GOP field is full of nutsacks, and every time the voters get a closer look at any one particular nutsack, they decide a random one of the others might be better. Everybody got a good look at Bachmann and shuddered. Everybody spent about half an hour with Perry and decided they’d rather elect a ham sandwich. All Gingrich has been able to do is remind us that the 90s were really, really fucking stupid, and Ron Paul is the kind of bigot even other bigots don’t want to have over for tea.
Which leaves Romney, whose turn it is, and who might have been electable given this absolute shitfest of an economy, but for that he’s got to run in a Republican primary, and so has to amputate everything that made him remotely palatable and then cauterize the wounds. For which I supposed we should be grateful, Democrats. If Romney didn’t have to out-crazy the political E Ward, we might have to worry about Obama’s re-election chances.